Six more Nobel laureates join call for Akbar Ganji’s release

first_img A petition calling for the immediate and unconditional release of imprisoned Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, launched by Iran’s2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, has already been signed by thirteen other Nobel laureates. The Iranian authorities must heedthis very clear message and release Ganji, who has been on strike for 54 days. August 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six more Nobel laureates join call for Akbar Ganji’s release Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation Six more Nobel laureates have signed a petition calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, bringing the total number of Nobel laureates to have signed the petition to 14. It was launched by Shirin Ebadi of Iran, the winner of the Nobel peace prize in 2003.”The involvement of these 14 figures who are known and admired throughout the world, testifies to the breadth of the movement of solidarity with Akbar Ganji,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Even though we are asking Ganji to call off his hunger strike, that does not been we are ceasing to demand his release.”The six latest Nobel signatories are:John B. Fenn of the United States, 2002 Nobel prize for chemistryWalter Kohn of the United States, 1998 Nobel prize for chemistryGeorge A. Olah of the United States, 1994 Nobel prize for chemistryPierre-Gilles de Gennes of France, 1991 Nobel prize for physicsJerome I. Friedman of the United States, 1990 Nobel prize for physicsDudley R. Herschbach of the United States, 1986 Nobel prize for chemistryThe 14 Nobel signatories consist of six holders of the Nobel peace prize, four holders of the Nobel prize for chemistry, three holders of the Nobel prize for physics and one holder of the Nobel prize for economics.Reporters Without Borders hails this extraordinary show of support from American and French scientists, which serves as reminder to the international community of the importance of free expression.Ganji today began his 59th day on hunger. ———————————————————————-04.08.2005 Eight Nobel laureates call for Akbar Ganji’s releaseReporters Without Borders today hailed a petition calling for the immediate and unconditional release of imprisoned Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji which was launched by Iran’s 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and which has already been signed by seven other Nobel laureates.”Iran’s most senior officials must heed this very clear message from eight world figures who have made outstanding contributions to peace and science,” the organisation said, going on to appeal to foreign diplomats based in Tehran to visit Ganji at Milad hospital, where he was taken on 17 July.Until now, Iran’s government and judicial authorities have refused to heed the calls for the release of Ganji, who has been imprisoned for five years and who is continuing the hunger strike he began 54 days ago.If the international community does not react, Ganji is going to die.The eight Nobel laureates who have already signed the petition are:Shirin Ebadi of Iran, holder of the 2003 Nobel peace prizeJohn Hume of the United Kingdom, holder of the 1998 Nobel peace prizeJody Williams of the United States, holder of the 1997 Nobel peace prizeArchbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, holder of the 1984 Nobel peace prizeMairead Corrigan Maguire of Ireland, holder of the 1976 Nobel peace prizeBetty Williams of Ireland, holder of the 1976 Nobel peace prizeMaurice Allais of France, holder of the 1988 Nobel prize for economicsGeorges Charpak of France, holder of the 1992 Nobel prize for physics News News News RSF_en News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mc Conalogue demands immediate publication of MICA report

first_img WhatsApp Mc Conalogue demands immediate publication of MICA report By News Highland – March 15, 2017 Previous articleJason Quigley tells ESPN he’s inspired to make it to the topNext articleBen Affleck reveals he’s completed treatment for alcohol addiction in post on Facebook News Highland A Donegal Deputy has called on the Government to urgently set a date for the publication for the MICA expert panel report.Thousands of houses in Donegal are said to be affected by the defective blocks which have left families living in fear of their homes crumbling around them.The panel’s initial deadline had been extended to the end of October last year and was then further extended to December.Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the continuous delay is unacceptable and these homeowners need answers immediately…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Twitter Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Facebookcenter_img Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Well-oiled training machine

first_img Comments are closed. Well-oiled training machineOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Shell’s demand for training is constant and is spread across 108 countries.Could e-learning provide the flexibility the oil giant needs, as well as keepcoaching costs down? Sue Weekes reportsIndustries don’t come much more competitive than the oil business. Recenteconomic shifts in the energy industry have meant that companies have toproduce oil and gas against fluctuating prices while still providing innovativetechnical solutions that can meet current and future environmental, health andsafety standards. To keep in contention, major players have to stay in tune with rapidtechnological development, as well as be reactive to changes in the worldwideregulatory landscape. The Shell Exploration and Production division, one of five core businessunits of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, is one such organisation and is heavilyreliant on technology to keep costs down and overcome the challenges posed bysuch a volatile business environment. The division, which is involved in every aspect of energy production fromsearching for hydrocarbons to the delivery of oil and gas to refineries aroundthe world, employs more than 30,000 of Shell’s global workforce of 100,000people in over 130 countries. A consistent and continual programme of worldwide training is required if itis to create and maintain the kind of fluid and highly skilled andknowledgeable workforce that is required, but it is not always easy toimplement. Budgetary and resource constraints have meant that Shell’s local managersare often faced with the dilemma of sacrificing training for productivity andvice versa. Shell EP’s learning and education hub, the Shell Learning Centre inNoordwijkerhout in the Netherlands, is responsible for training the company’sglobal workforce in areas such as techncial competence, business leadership,exploration and production and health and safety. Around 90 per cent of Shell’s employees are local staff, so training aworkforce of 78 nationalities in over 108 countries can be fraught withpractical and logistical difficulties. Certainly delivering training from onecentral point has become increasingly difficult. Facing challenges Over a year ago, the team responsible for training at Shell decided thattraditional classroom-based training alone wasn’t sufficient to keep up withthe workforce’s needs. “We needed to look at ways of delivering a learningsystem that could transcend those challenges,” says Paul Wood, learningtechnology team leader at Shell EP. “The actual cost to employee productivity was only the tip of theiceberg – a whole host of other issues propelled the drive to revolutionise theway we delivered our learning programmes.” Shell EP needed a system that would ensure that employees around the worldcould have equal access to the same high levels of training, no matter whichpart of the organisation they work. “Shell employs an incredibly diverse group of people across the globeand we need to offer them the opportunities to get the most out of theircareers at Shell in terms of their personal and professional development,”says Wood. “In return, Shell benefits from one of the most skilled and motivatedworkforces in the industry.” E-learning seemed to offer the potential to transform Shell’s existingtraining programmes into a single, manageable global solution and the team atthe Shell Learning Centre developed a concept and a set of specifications inorder to achieve this. Shell EP evaluated several e-learning systems and products and opted for asolution from Docent Enterprise, a major provider of e-learning infrastructuresand services, which has its headquarters in California and has offices aroundthe world. Flexibility The Docent system offers a platform scalability and flexibility that itwouldn’t find elsewhere. Wood says, “A prime consideration was Docent’sopen architecture, allowing Shell to introduce its own workflow, desiredfeatures and look and feel. In addition, Docent was very supportive andflexible during the consultancy phase.” Jan Vels Jensen, marketing director of EMEA for Docent, says Shell’simplementation was very broad in its scope. “Shell has adapted the systemto suit its needs, probably more so than any other Docent customer,” hesays. “Personalisation of each individual organisations needs is one ofDocent’s core competitive advantages. It’s very easy for any organisation toget exactly what it needs from e-learning, mainly due to the fact that theDocent system is 100 per cent web-based.” The Docent learning management system can be accessed anywhere in the worldat any time of day or night through Shell’s intranet. It runs on leasedhardware, which Shell EP pays for monthly, and it includes two powerful serverswhich run the LMS via the Shell Website. The servers are each capable ofhandling 10,000 simultaneous users. Employees register themselves for the training via self-service tools, andthere is also online assessment. A post-test option ensures that Shell staffare aware of meeting their personal objectives and those of the company. Course content is a mixture of both existing and bought-in material. Shellhas 4,200 classroom hours of existing content which has been specificallydeveloped for their needs. It was mainly created in Microsoft Word andPowerpoint and this is now being converted into Web-deliverable content. “We can buy in commercially available content, but only if it can beadapted to our needs,” explains Wood. “I see this as a way of saving on the content construction costs. As acomparison, one can think of it as requiring 10 per cent effort to adaptcontent, compared with 100 per cent to construct it, it really is a hugesaving.” Motivation One of the common problems facing a training manager who is implementing ane-learning system is motivating the workforce to actually access the e-learningprogram. Wood says that although the initiative represents a learning curve forShell EP, staff feedback is good and motivation to use it is not an issuebecause they are giving the workforce the training they need and want. “People at Shell want to do their job well and this system deliversresults quickly, so people are getting the benefits of e-learning fast. “The pattern is that people learn a little, go off and do their jobwhere they can use the learning, and then come back having done the job andlearn the next steps to help them do an even better job,” he says. “We’re beginning to see exactly that happening with additionalperformance being seen in jobs already.” But Shell EP did face its own set of problems. One of these stemmed from itsback office integration. It had changed its administration system and was planningto install a SAP system. It had already chosen the Docent LMS and wanted to stick with this, but hadto figure out how this could be integrated with the SAP back office function. “In effect, we ended up doing a reverse functionality from the backoffice into the LMS, which is now working fine – it was challenging but wemanaged to stay on time and on budget,” says Wood The other main problem it had to get over was one of global technicalissues, with incompatibilities over browser and e-mail software. It has now developed a standard Shell desktop built around Internet Explorerand Windows 2000, which is used as a starting point to standardise desktops. Return on investment The question of when an organisation is expected to get a return on investmentfrom an e-learning programme is one that is frequently sidestepped byorganisations. Most ROI is based around processing and efficiency, but because Shell’sworkforce works fundamentally differently to this it makes it even moredifficult to measure ROI accurately. A decision made five years ago, forinstance, may only now be coming to fruition. Despite this, Wood claims he will be seeing a return sooner rather thanlater. Conventional cashback measures are easy in a business where even a 1 percent improvement in oil production can see revenues increase by $200m annually.”However, we are training post-graduate engineers who can make just onedecision that may in fact provide payback for the whole e-learning system forever,” he says. “These employees make decisions that can cost hundreds if not billionsof dollars, so the potential cost savings and potential income benefits can beenormous. “Shell is very much a learning company – we believe that learning iscrucial.” (Shell actually tries to assess its competency levels five yearsahead and is currently pursuing research into new and improved ways ofmeasuring ROI.) Currently Shell EP has 4,000 registered users and the company predicts thatmore than 10,000 employees will be using the programme over the next year. E-learning is not something that organisations should undertake lightly,says Wood, because he believes the technology isn’t yet understood by everyoneproperly and people may well be disappointed by a lot of products available. “You have to choose very carefully,” he says. However, its ownprogramme is there for the long-term and with human capital widely consideredas the main differentiator in business today, he believes e-learning will helpemployees constantly learn so that they become “too fast to follow”. “By offering a voluntary worldwide training programme in strategictechnical areas, our employees are able to develop portable skills that addvalue to their personal development at no extra cost to the stakeholders,”he says. ” I am convinced that e-learning is going to be key to the success ofour learning business in the coming years. It’s going to create opportunitiesthat we never before knew existed,” he says. In summaryGlobal demandsShell’s requirement Ascaleable training system that could be deployed globally to over 108 countriesand which ensured equal access and that the same high standards would be metacross Shell’s worldwide business. The system it chose had to allow integrationof Shell’s own course material and be flexible enough to adapt to rapidtechnological change when it came to course content.Why? Delivering advanced training from one central pointhad become increasingly difficult. Additionally, budgetary and resourceconstraints have meant that training has often had to be sacrificed forproductivity, and vice versa.Is e-learning delivering? Shell EP currently has 4,000registered users and expects that more than a third will be using the system ina year’s time. Potentially, the ROI could come quicker than expected (giventhat a 1 per cent improvement in oil production could see revenue increase by$200m annually). Shell eps’ top tips 1 It will be far bigger and moredifficult than you imagine2 It will cost a lot more than you expect, so budget carefully3 It will use a lot more resources than you plan for, so makesure you can handle it Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Haloti Ngata retires ‘on top’ after 13 seasons in NFL

first_imgMarch 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Haloti Ngata retires ‘on top’ after 13 seasons in NFL FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMitchell Leff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After 13 seasons in the NFL, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata announced his retirement on Monday — and he did so on top of the world.The 35-year-old made the announcement after scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain.“Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years,” Ngata wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way.”Ngata was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and played with the team through 2014. He then joined the Detroit Lions for a few seasons before finishing his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.During his time in the NFL, Ngata played 180 games, recording 515 tackles and 32.5 sacks. He went to the Pro Bowl five times and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Badgers reaching critical point in season against Eastern Illinois

first_imgCommanding performances this week resulted in a 1-1 draw to UW-Milwaukee and a 1-0 win over Big Ten rival Michigan State for the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team. The results allowed the Badgers to get a bump in the polls, propelling them into the top 25 once again.After playing ranked teams back-to-back the Badgers will face a less recognized opponent Wednesday as they take on Eastern Illinois Oct. 30.Eastern Illinois has had a rough season so far. With only one senior on the squad the young team has struggled in many aspects. The Panthers are 1-11-2 on the season and a staggering 0-7-0 on the road and their lone win coming on Oct. 20 against Oral Roberts.In their seven road games this year the Panthers have lost by a combined score of 8-22, with half of their goals coming in one game, a 5-4 loss, to Indiana University-Evansville. After being shut out their last two games, Eastern Illinois will be looking to steal one against the 23rd-ranked Badgers.In contrast, the Badgers have been lights out at home. Wisconsin has won every game in the McClimon Complex dating back to last season, and their wins have come in every shape and form. The Badgers scored a last-second goal forced overtime against DePaul, they successfully rallied against Indiana and they fought off comebacks from Drake and Western Michigan. The Badgers home field has become a fortress for the 10-3-2 Badgers.The fortress has yielded wins against top-ranked opponent’s No.18 Marquette and No.22 Michigan State, as well as a statement win against last year’s defending national champions Indiana. The wins will surely look good when the selection committee meets to determine the at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament later this fall.The Wisconsin squad, led by its four senior captains, has been solid all season all over the field. As always, keep an eye on Tomislav Zadro, Drew Conner and Nick Janus on the offensive end of the field. The Badgers will be itching to get back to their goal-scoring ways after scoring just one goal in each of the last four games.If the game is going in favor of the Badgers, expect to see a lot of young players step up and sub in during the second half. Joe Naughton, Nick Jones and Anders Kristensen have all caught minutes this season, and it is likely head coach John Trask will reward them with a bit more playing time in an easier matchup.The game may also shed some light on the goalkeeper battle that has been brewing. After the loss to Michigan on Oct. 20, Casey Beyers has been pulled from the field in favor of senior Max Jentsch.According to Trask, the move was made to reward Jentsch for his hard work in practice. Since taking the job, he has allowed only one goal to UW-Milwaukee and was able to record a shutout against Michigan State on Sunday.For Wisconsin this is a must win game. Any result other than a win will hurt the Badgers chances of making an NCAA tournament run, while simultaneously ruining the magic of the McClimon Complex.last_img read more